Best Restaurant Art Collections

Eateries where brilliant art rivals outstanding food for the
diner’s focus.

T Whitney Cox / Courtesy Casa Lever
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Casa Lever, New York

For the Eyes: At this Midtown power-lunch spot,
nearly 20 giant Andy Warhol portraits from real-estate tycoon Aby Rosen’s Lever
House Art Collection line the dining room. While the art has been known to
rotate, silkscreened icons who have livened up the walls include Aretha
Franklin, Alfred Hitchcock and Giorgio Armani. Ask for a booth in order to get
the best view.

For the Palate: The restaurant serves
Milanese-inspired fare with some hearty New York twists: spaghetti with sea
urchin, a much-beloved vitello tonnato and an inches-thick New York
strip steak. This past summer the restaurant opened an outdoor dining terrace
and lounge on the patio (which has played host to outdoor installations such as
Tom Sachs’s Hello Kitty), where diners can order a full meal or stick to
the new, small-plates lounge menu. 390 Park Avenue; casalever.com.